First Planes Restore #1: Beginning state of my first two planes

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Blog entry by AnthonyReed posted 1065 days ago 3413 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is what i am starting with…

-- ~Tony

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Don W

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#1 posted 1064 days ago

it looks like a great beginning.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#2 posted 1064 days ago

Start on the crustiest one first, i love watching the rust peel off … what do you have there a #5 and a #3?

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#3 posted 1064 days ago

Rosewood. Loveliness.

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#4 posted 1064 days ago

Chrisstef, The Stanley is a #5 type 19 (my best guess). The Defiance has a 9 1/2” sole so i assumed it was comparable to a #4. Please correct me if i am wrong.

Thanks for having a look guys.

-- ~Tony

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#5 posted 1064 days ago

Have at it boy! Looking forward to seeing the transformation.

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#6 posted 1064 days ago

HoooRaaaah! Have fun!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#7 posted 1064 days ago

AAhhhh——is it true that there is one born every minute? You blokes over there in the USA don`t know how lucky you are to have access to so many abandoned tools for restoration at such rediculously low prices.
BE WARNED these bloody planes are addictive. I`ve just restored a very strange block of rust from a skip bin (no I didn`t dive for it , but my daft brother did) and the end result turned into a Stanley #50 plough plane. I would have saved money on buying one in working order, but now you see how irrational we become in the challenge to restore.
Good luck anyway mate,

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#8 posted 1063 days ago

Here are two Sargents recently restored.
Sargent 410
The Sargent 409.

Did you find the Sargent plane page.

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#9 posted 1063 days ago

I am slow but sure Ractchet. I do not get a lot of time (hour or two on the weekends) to work on them so they will take a while to complete. I will post the results though.

Thank you for the encouragement Bertha.

Ronniebo, i had to look up ‘skip bin’ i didn’t have a clue. Thank you for the heads-up on my imminent addiction.

Nice work Don. Thanks for the link, are you implying that my Defiance #4 was made by Sargent (i had read it was Stanley made) am ? I had a look at your ‘Planes restored – Because I can. #19’ blog, lots of good info, thank you for posting that. I might be pestering you for advice as i move along in my efforts, if you wouldn’t mind and have the time.

Thanks for the encouragement All.


-- ~Tony

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#10 posted 1063 days ago

The defiance is definitely Stanley. Its a cheaper line they produced marketed toward homeowners and DIYers more than the craftsman. They take a little more to tune, but you should be able to get a good plane out of it.

Your more than welcome to ping me, post here, PM me, how ever you like, whatever questions you have. That’s why I hang around this site. I’ve learned an enormous amount from these guys and am glad to pass it on.

Be careful though. I started just trying to get a couple planes I had in better shape. I’ve lost count now. Its addicting.

I think the Sargent comments were meant for another post. I probably had to many tabs open again.

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#11 posted 972 days ago

You are right tony, that % does show some promise. It has seen some rough use though from the paint that is on the bottom. Can’t say I have not abused mine though….that tool needs to be rugged or it just gets trashed.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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